ARRIVAL from Sweden

ARRIVAL from Sweden The Music of ABBA

Reviewed By Kevin Rolfe

Photos By Bree Robles

I have many fond summer memories in Utah heading to the Sandy Amphitheater to watch ARRIVAL From Sweden THE MUSIC OF ABBA. ARRIVAL played Sandy for the better part of a decade before the pandemic hit.  The band is actually from ABBA’s native country of Sweden so even when things started to open up,  I’d imagine it took some time to work out touring visas to come back to the states.  Sandy Amphitheater has a pretty full schedule this summer so ARRIVAL needed to look for another home here in Utah.  I can’t think of a better place than the Snow Park Outdoor Theater at Deer Valley Resort in Park City.  If you’ve never been to a concert at Deer Valley you are missing out.  It’s the perfect place to escape the summer heat and listen to some great music. 

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The Music of John Denver w/ Jim Curry & Utah Symphony July 24, 2021 Deer Valley

Have you ever had this conversation with your music buddies? “What musician that has passed away do you wish you could have seen in concert?”. I’ve had that conversation many times and the names vary. The popular ones are usually, Freddie Mercury, Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, and sometimes Tupac and Biggie. While a couple of them are still living, The Beatles get mentioned a lot too. I can’t say that I wouldn’t love to see those artists as well because I would. But the name that is very high on my list and the name I usually bring up is, John Denver.

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Kristin Chenoweth w/ Utah Symphony July 10, 2021 Deer Valley

Photo Credit: Katie Barber

Kristin Chenoweth

If someone had told me one of my first concerts of 2021 would be Kristin Chenoweth and the Utah Symphony, I probably would’ve told them they were crazy—but at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater on a toasty July night, I was proven wrong. There was a palpable buzz in the air as concertgoers lined up outside the venue on the ski slope. There they discussed where they were going to sit, swapped stories of their last-attended shows. They also shared in the excitement of seeing an Emmy AND Tony award-winner live on the stage. 

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Kool & the Gang w/ Utah Symphony 7/9/2021 Deer Valley

Photo Credit: Kathleen Sykes, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Kool & The Gang with the Utah Symphony July 9th, 2021 Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater

After a full year of no concerts, and no summer activities, it was clear that everyone was itching to get out. What better way than to escape the insane heat of the valley this July. As I drove up to the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, I was immediately aware of the energy the crowd had. Walking up the hill from the parking lot people were carrying coolers, chairs, food, and drinks. They were gearing up for a fun night of music outside and away from their homes. 

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Disney In Concert Utah Symphony July 19, 2019, Deer Valley

By: Kevin Rolfe with contributions by Kerriann Haycock

Photo By: Kerriann Haycock

It was the perfect evening for an outdoor concert!  Escaping the heat, heading up to Deer Valley, throwing down a couple of chairs and a blanket, eating and drinking with friends, what could be more perfect?  How about a concert full of the greatest music from the Disney songbook? Sounds like the perfect evening! As part of their Deer Valley Music Festival series, the Utah Symphony presented Disney in Concert: A Magical Celebration at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.  

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